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Increased violence in Thailand’s south blamed on Ramadan

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Pattani, Thailand – A car bomb early Monday wounded two village defence volunteers in Thailand’s restive Muslim-majority south in the latest of a spate of attacks that an army officer blamed on the holy month of Ramadan.

The car bomb by suspected separatist insurgents in Narathiwat province wounded the two defence volunteers during the early hours in Janah district, local police said.

In two separate attacks on Sunday, also in Narathiwat province, two people were killed and a third wounded, Captain Adul Sripetch with the Southern Central Peace Keeper Command told the German Press Agency dpa.

One villager was killed in an ambush, while a 2-year-old boy was killed when the pickup truck he was travelling in with his parents was shot at from a passing vehicle. The boy’s father was also wounded in the attack, Abul said.

In neighboring Yala province a university teacher was shot dead by suspected militants Sunday while riding a motorcycle. Also Sunday in Yala, one person was wounded when a grenade was thrown into the night market.

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